COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance among People in Kailali, Nepal

The COVID-19 pandemic cannot be curbed if people do not accept the vaccine. The findings of the study showed that a considerable proportion of the respondents did not accept the vaccine due to fear of the side effects and doubt on vaccine efficacy. Hence, there is a need to increase advocacy and awareness of the COVID-19 vaccine to gain people’s trust and increase the vaccine acceptance rate.



Nepal is among the twenty most disaster-prone countries, globally affected by multiple recurrent hazards due to the diverse topography, complex geography, fragile geology, and highly varying climate. Every year the country suffers from significant loss of human lives and property due to natural and human-induced hazards such as floods, landslides, soil erosion, fire, road accidents, and epidemics. To build the resilience of communities and institutions from the impacts of natural disasters in Sudurpashchim and Lumbini Province of Nepal, CARE and Handicap International (HI) jointly implemented the VISTAR II project in Kailali, Dadeldhura, Kanchanpur, and Dang districts with a significant focus on standardizing and institutionalizing Community-Based Disaster Preparedness (CBDP) model that has ensuredthe engagement of multi-level stakeholders, schools, community level preparedness and mitigation, and advocating for inclusive DRM policy. This project was funded by European Civil Protection and Humanitarian aid Operations department (ECHO) and implemented by local partners NRCS, CSSD, FHRD, and NNSWA. This project was for a period of 22 months from March 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016.

VISTAR-II Research Brief-English

VISTAR-II Research Brief-Nepali

Co-design and co-implementation for integrated risk sensitive and gender transformative local development

This initiative funded by Pooled Fund is designed to create a nexus between development and preparedness, emergency response and recovery, co-designing and co-implementing initiative together with local governments.

Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) of Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups through reflective approach

Hariyo Ban program developed integrated Institutional Capacity Assessment (ICA) and Institutional Capacity Building (ICB) packages to create safe space to identify strengths, gaps, and improvement actions through informal reflective sessions and undertake collaborative efforts and actions.

Collaborative actions among multi-stakeholders in Khageri Khola Sub-Watershed Management

Khageri Khola Sub-Watershed in Chitwan is an important sub-watershed area that connects Chitwan National Park to Annapurna and Manaslu Conservation Areas. Each stakeholder has their own program and plan in Khageri Khola and without coordination among each other, the efforts will not be making significant changes at scale in the targeted groups and ecological sites. Hariyo Ban Program coordinated with relevant persons, government line agencies, local government representatives, Khageri Khola Water User Association, Community Forest User Groups, NGOs, and communities to come up with joint solutions.

Community Learning and Action Centers for Women Empowerment

Community Learning and Action Centre (CLAC) is one of the key initiatives adopted under the GESI/Governance theme of Hariyo Ban Program. The main purpose of CLAC is the empowerment of the poor and excluded people/communities through analysis of key barriers for women and marginalized communities to have an equitable access to benefit sharing from the natural and other resources and ensuring their effective participation in decision making process of Natural Resource Management (NRM) groups.

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Mid Marshyangdi

Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) is an innovative mechanism to promote sustainable financing for climate change adaptation and landscape management which considers integrated conservation and development and provides an appropriate incentive mechanism to service providers. Hariyo Ban Program piloted PES schemes with the objective of establishing a potential sustainable financing mechanism for integrated watershed management that increases resilience of local communities and ecosystems.

Climate smart, time and energy saving and, GESI friendly tools, technologies, and practices for small land holder farmers.

Hariyo Ban Program introduced 6 different climate smart and time and energy efficient packages of adaptation technologies to help reduce the workload of targeted groups and increase productivity. These tools and technologies played an important role in building adaptive capacity of the poor and vulnerable farmers by efficient use of land and water resources.